Sunday, July 27, 2008
What I Want is for You to Have What You Need
David McMahon, whom most of you know, put up this weekend's Weekend Wandering post with the question, "What do you want most out of life?"
Not one to back down from a question that begs introspection, I have taken him up on this challenge and have come out of my temporary retirement to move my hands on the keyboard and answer this one. (David, it's been awhile. I figured I needed to answer one of the great questions you pose!)
If I could achieve the one true thing I want in life, I would be helping others 24x7. I just don't see the point in being on Earth if you can't make life a little bit better for your fellow man or woman. I love it when people like Harry Connick, Jr., Bono, Bill Gates, or Brad Pitt (though I'm still a little weirded out by the way he threw over the girl-next-door for the crazy spawn of Jon Voight) do something magnanimous to help others. They have the money and the celebrity to help, but what about the rest of us? What do you do to make this world a better place?
I learned by watching my mother that you don't need to wait until you have the time, the money, or the prestige to do big projects. If you help a friend with Parkinson's eat her dinner, you're helping a fellow child of God. If you give someone a smile and really listen to what they have to say, you're helping.
I'm a firm believer that we are not islands. We are not traveling this journey alone. What do I want most out of life? I want you to have what you want (as long as it doesn't hurt anyone else). I want you to have what you need: food, health, insurance, a car, children, whatever it is that would make your life whole. If I have a way to give you that, I will. Who knows? Some of you, your pets, your relatives, your friends, may have benefited in some small way already from a ripple that has spread out from one of my small gestures or donations. I sincerely hope so.
Peace - D